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22 March 2017


The season is already off to a splendid start for the Equestrian Team following the Winter League National Finals at David Broome's Wales and West Arena last weekend (18/19 March 2017). It was a great start to the day. Kings entered the 70cm team in which two new riders Naomi Pollard and Abbie Jamieson enjoyed clear rounds, with Abbie finishing in fourth place individually and the team finishing in first place. With no team in the 80cm Winter League Final the team awaited the next class. The 90cm final did not disappoint with Kings again taking team first place and Sam Fountain taking second individually and Katie Thomas taking fourth supported by Alice Sandiford and Hattie Newton on a tricky course in which three teams were eliminated. The 100cm championship team...

21 March 2017


Last week, ten Kings and Queens News Team journalists swapped their classroom for the news studio when they created their own story for the 2017 BBC News School Report. A high profile national news day, BBC School News Report provides students aged between 11 and 16 with the exciting opportunity of producing their own news report on a topic of interest to them. This year the team's story was "Going the Extra Mile" investigating bus provision in our rural community. The journalists successfully created a balanced story and interviewed two Kings' Sixth Form students (a driver and a non-driver), a local bus driver with Berry's, Staff Operations Manager of First Weston & First Mendip, and local MP James Heappey. Not only did the students benefit from the true life...

20 March 2017


This term the Business Studies Department saw the culmination of months of enterprising activity as this year's Big Pitch competition ended in a closely fought battle for first place with 13 Year 9 groups racing towards the finish for the coveted Mendip Rotary Club shield. The standard of this year's teams was very strong. All the budding young businessmen and women demonstrated commitment and true enterprising qualities to match any Lord Sugar Young Apprentice. Eight teams were through to the semi-finals in February where they presented their Marketing Plans to experienced Rotarian judges, Mark Summers, David Pottow and Patrick Simpson. After a nail-biting period of deliberation the co-ordinator Mr Simpson announced the three finalists: Monster Cookies, who sold a variety of home...

07 March 2017


On Thursday 2 March 2017, 104 Year 12 students were suited and booted for a "mock" interview led by volunteers from Mendip Rotary, NatWest Bank and other colleagues. Performing well in interview is an important life skill - be it for a university/college placement or the world of work and the students were put through their paces in the interviews that were designed to prepare them for what they might encounter in the future. Before the formal interviews, all the Year 12 students had to complete a standard application form, including a brief personal statement, which were dispatched to the interviewers before half term so that they could prepare individual questions for the students. After the interview, students were offered feedback, not only on their applications, but...

07 March 2017


Mr Gavin Ball has been appointed to the post of Executive Headteacher to lead The Kings of Wessex Academy and the Wessex Learning Trust from 1 September 2017 following interviews last week. Mr Ball is an experienced Headteacher who has been Principal of Frome College since September 2012. He has nearly 20 years of Senior Leadership experience across a number of large secondary schools, including as Associate Headteacher in the North Somerset Schools. His own schooling was at Somervale School in Midsomer Norton and he is a Geography and Economics Graduate. Mr Ball's appointment follows the retirement of the current Executive Headteacher Mr Chris Richardson at the end of the Summer Term after 22 years in post. On behalf of the Wessex Learning Trust Board of Directors,...